Debbie Symons was born in Melbourne, Australia. Symons’ formative training was at Victoria College Prahran (VCA) in the fields of painting and printmaking. She recently completed her PhD, Anthropocentrism, Endangered Species and the Environmental Dilemma, at Monash University with the assistance of an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship.
Symons’ work utilises environmental data to investigate and interrogate the inextricable links between environmental degradation and free market capitalism; exploring humankind’s ecological conundrum. Her works have been shown internationally and nationally; International Urban Screens Association, Galerie Prodromus – Paris, The Streaming Museum – New York, Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art, RMIT Gallery, [MARS] Gallery, Linden New Art, South Australian Museum, Albury Digital Outdoor Gallery, Craft Victoria, Trocadero Art Space, Shifted Gallery, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Carlton Connect Studio, Monash University Faculty Gallery, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Incinerator Gallery, RMIT Project Space, and The Substation.
Symons’ was awarded the Emerging Artist New Work grant from the Australia Council for the Arts in 2009. In 2014, she was awarded the [MARS] Gallery Exhibition Prize in the inaugural Linden Art Prize and in 2015, Symons’ was awarded the inaugural grant and residency at Creative Spaces: Carlton Connect Studio, LAB-14, Carlton. Funded by the City of Melbourne for CLIMARTE’s Festival: Art + Climate = Change 2015 (Feb-June).